Parsley’s 12 Weeks Postpartum Training Log – 1.22.17

This will be my last training log with “postpartum” written into it, because I feel like I’m on the road to normal.  I’ve settled into a new running routine with 3 kids/an infant.  The biggest challenge has been letting go of daily/weekly mileage goals, and maximizing what I can do on those “off” days when I have to find a way to run with all 3 at home.  Trying to embrace quality vs. quantity, and while I think it will pay off, won’t really know until I get back to racing!

For this 6 week training block, I actually met almost all of my running goals:

Fit in several long runs (90 minutes)

Increased my average (normal) run time (when either by myself or just with baby) to an hour

Started workouts- nothing major, just working on turnover, completely unmeasured and totally by feel

Added drills to one of my shorter runs once a week

The biggest accomplishment was doing some sort of strength or core work almost every. single. day.  I put my Bosu balance trainer and set of 5 lb hand weights next to my washing machine.  Since I usually visit it at least once a day, I step on that thing and get in a quick set of strength work after putting in a load of laundry, and often when coming back to take it out.  I also made a rule that if I’m going to sit down and eat a bowl of ice cream and watch tv after finally getting everyone to bed, I at least have to do planks first.  So far it’s working and I’ve stuck with it, since I do love ice cream!

My biggest fail is focusing specifically on fixing my DR/getting to a physical therapist about this.  Maybe when it gets warm and I want to start running shirtless, I will finally be motivated to do this!

Sunday: 32 minutes Weymouth Woods Trail

Monday: 60 minutes with 12 x 1 minute fast, 1 minute recovery

Tuesday: 60 minutes with single stroller

Wednesday: 1 mile- run to/from the park w/ my 4 y/o, pushing double stroller.  30+ minutes drills/strength work at the park.

Thursday: 90 minutes on a hilly route with the single stroller

Tummy Time. Working out these days is a family affair!

Friday: 4 miles on the treadmill, sub 8 minute pace

Saturday: 60 minutes Weymouth Woods Trail

I have fun trying to sprint, enjoy long runs in the mountains, and everything in between. Former competitive runner (3 x marathon OTQ & trail marathon national champion) currently working through a lingering injury. I write about trying to stay competitive while raising young kids and moving into a new post-competitive stage.

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  1. Great work! I feel you on the lack of motivation to go to PT. It seems like such. a. huge. PITA. Maybe you should call and make an appointment. You can make a phone call and the appointment will seem like a long time away, but you’ll not want to miss it because it’s an appointment. Also, if you think that all the running work you’re doing could be undone if you don’t fix it, that might inspire you too! DO IT! (screamed at you with love! Haha)

  2. Check out the Tupler Technique website–I had someone come to me to teach me how to fix my DR. It was well worth it!!

  3. LOVE the core work at the laundry! That’s genius. For some reason anything you have to schedule an appointment for is just so much work. I’ve been meaning to schedule a doctor’s appointment for literally two weeks.